This morning's "newspaper" did carry the AP article on the House of Delegates passage of a bill that eliminates the prevailing wage on public construction projects.
Since the AP didn't cover it, the Intelligencer didn't mention any additional legislation. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, however, the legislature has been active:
First, the state senate passed 4 bills so that the state could pay its bills.
Second, it allowed West Virginians to carry concealed handguns without a permit. A similar bill was vetoed by Governor Tomblin last year.
Legislative leaders are taking the bill up early this session, with the intent of assuring that the Legislature still will be in session to vote to override a potential gubernatorial veto this year.
(No permit needed for a concealed weapon? What could possibly go wrong?)
Finally, a Gazette editorial on home-schooling notes that Republican legislators are trying to make it easier for parents to home-school their children. What I found particularly interesting is that the legislation includes making Promise Scholarships available:
Especially troubling is a plan to let home-schooled youths obtain Promise Scholarships without first passing a high school GED test.
According to the legislation the student would still need to score well on the ACT or SAT but, as the editorial points out, those tests do not measure numerous other skills needed to become a productive citizen.
Just a thought -- yesterday, both of our local papers featured a story about the school board president in Tyler county deciding to home-school her children. Wouldn't that have made an excellent tie-in with this proposed legislation? (Never mind, the AP didn't cover the proposed legislation-- how would the local "newspapers" know about it?)